Causes of Spinal Stenosis
There are several possible causes of the condition known as spinal stenosis. Some of these causes may include the following:
If a person’s spinal canal is excessively small at birth, symptoms may show up in an individual at a fairly young age. Certain structural abnormalities of the vertebrae can also lead to the narrowing of a person’s spinal canal.
As people age naturally, their ligaments (connective tissues in-between each bone within the spine) can sometimes thicken. Small growths, or spurs, can start to form on the bones and even into the spinal canal.
Over time, the cushioning disks located between the vertebrae can start to weaken. The facet joints, which are flat surfaces that form the spinal column on each vertebra, can also start to deteriorate as well. These factors may encourage the spaces within the spine to start narrowing, resulting in spinal stenosis.
Trauma to the back or spine is another cause of spinal stenosis. Certain injuries and accidents can either produce burst fractures that cause bone fragments to penetrate the canal or dislocate the spinal canal and spine all together.
Two common types of arthritis that can potentially impact the spine are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Both of which may result in spinal stenosis.
Irregular growths of soft tissue could have a direct effect on the spinal canal by growing tissue in the canal or by producing inflammation. Tissue growth can result in bone resorption (loss of bone from overactive bone cells) or perhaps bone displacement of bone along with the collapse of the spinal column’s supporting framework.
Spondylolisthesis (spine instability)
Spondylolisthesis is the condition that occurs when one vertebra eventually slips forward onto another one and subsequently narrows the spinal canal.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Key symptoms of spinal stenosis may include lower back pain and/or leg pain. Stenosis can pinch a person’s nerves that work to control muscle strength and sensation within the legs. Aside from back and leg pain, spinal stenosis can also present additional issues. Other symptoms often include the following:
- Cold or hot sensations in the legs along with tingling or numbness
- Difficulty or pain when walking
- Frequent clumsiness or tendency to fall down
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